Nigeria continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement. Nigeria struggles with issues of corruption in private sectors, widespread poverty, unemployment, underemployment, prolonged Boko Haram insurgency, as well as the impact of HIV and AIDS.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
As of the end of August, Nigeria reported over 50,000 cases and 1,000 deaths connected to COVID-19. Overall, the country has demonstrated limited capacity to respond to the outbreak, though a curfew, mandatory masks, and restrictions on businesses have been put in place. Curfew and restriction of interstate movements continue to limit face-to-face monitoring and evaluation.
However, through appropriate physical distancing, World Renew is ensuring vulnerable families have access to clean drinking water, emergency food rations, and trauma healing programming, prioritize the sustainable production of clean drinking water, emergency food rations, and trauma healing programming, all while observing physical distancing. As conflict and displacement in the north persists, our local partners continue to provide cash to families each month to ensure that families can purchase food from local markets. On top of this, many are also receiving support to improve their own small-scale farming or small-business efforts. Our local partners have identified that women in northern Nigeria are increasingly vulnerable due to COVID-19, and are actively working to ensure the protection and involvement of women through these responses. Curfew and restriction of interstate movements continue to limit face-to-face monitoring and evaluation. Staff are currently integrating strategies to protect community members from the spread of COVID-19 and ask for prayers during the ongoing outbreak for safety while they make preparations for the most vulnerable communities.